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Donald Fry: Budget consensus surfaces in Annapolis

By Donald C. Fry What a difference seven weeks have made to the legislative atmosphere in Annapolis. The less-than-positive reactions by Democrats who control the General Assembly to Governor Larry Hogan’s Feb. 4 State of the State speech prompted many to conclude that the post-inauguration honeymoon – punctuated by mutual pledges of bipartisanship and collaboration – was quickly evaporating. Nevertheless, it appears to have been somewhat revived. A good deal of compromise and consensus has been reached between lawmakers and the governor on a $40.4 billion state operating budget, which passed the House of Delegates last week and passed the Senate of Maryland with amendments this week.  Though lawmakers made significant revisions to Hogan’s proposed budget, the end result is a state spending plan for FY 2016 that is apparently palatable to both the executive and legislative branches. “The governor has worked with us remarkably well,” said Senate President Mike Miller,... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: How's All That "Serious Consideration" Coming Along?

By: Laslo Boyd Barbara Mikulski had scarcely finishing telling the world that she would not run for a sixth term in the US Senate before nearly everyone who has ever been elected to public office in Maryland announced an intention to “seriously consider” running to fill her seat. Given the history of many Maryland office holders staying around for a long time, an open US Senate seat is truly a rare occurrence.  Moreover, there was immediately a cottage industry of speculation about the ripple effects of prospective candidates for the Senate creating new opportunities for the positions they would vacate.  The day after Mikulski’s announcement, 8th District Congressman Chris Van Hollen was the first to enter the race for her seat.  He was joined the following week by 4th District Congresswoman Donna Edwards.  That initial flurry seemed to suggest that it would be a crowded field but no one else has... Continue reading
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Baltimore: World-Class Market for a Millennial Workforce – Tom Sadowski & Augie Chiasera

Tom Sadowski, President and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, and Augie Chiasera, EAGB board chair and President of M&T Bank Baltimore/Chesapeake Region, visit Center Maryland to explain how Baltimore is an ideal marketplace for the millennial workforce and discuss the importance of attracting more millennials to the region.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Peter J. Pitts: Abuse Deterrent Opioids: Don't Fix the Blame, Fix the Problem

By: Peter J. Pitts Mark Twain quipped, “For every complex problem there is usually a simple answer – and it is usually wrong.” Welcome to the debate over opioid pain medications. What those seeking to solve the problem with one-shot solutions have ignored is that pain in America is a medical problem of enormous proportion. One-hundred million Americans are now living with chronic pain. That’s a third of the U.S. population. Ten million of those have pain so severe that it disables them. Pain costs the U.S. economy roughly $600 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and healthcare costs. And lawsuits, recalls, and police action won’t change those dire statistics. The vast majority of people who use opioids do so legally and safely. A subset of approximately 4% uses these medications illegally. In fact, from 2010 to 2011, the number of Americans misusing and abusing opioid medications declined from 4.6%... Continue reading
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Professor John Bullock, Ph.D. – Towson University (Part 1)

Political analyst and Towson University political science professor John Bullock, Ph.D., visits Center Maryland to discuss the dynamics of this year’s executive and legislative changes in Annapolis. Professor Bullock, who is also Executive Director of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, also touches on the implications of Governor Hogan’s recent budget cuts.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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